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.243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

 
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:49 PM
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.243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

I was just curious if anyone else had tried these bullets?? I picked up a box the other day and have shot 75 or so through my .243 Win. I'm trying to find a fur friendly load for coyotes so I've been trying them out on rockchucks to see what kind of damage they create. So far they seem to be the most fragile bullet I have ever tried. I shot a rockchuck in the head at 238 yards and the bullet did not exit!! His head was a little deformed but there was no exit hole. Usually a shot like that results in brains splattered all over the place. I finally had a chance to shoot a coyote with one today but things didn't go as planned. The coyote was 150 yards broadside and I placed the bullet behind the front shoulder. At the shot he yipped and spun but quickly regained his composure and headed for parts unknown. Last I saw him he was a mile away and still going strong. I didn't shoot again because I knew I hit him good and I was expecting him to drop dead after a short run. I'm thinking the bullet hit a rib and didn't penetrate to the vitals. Of course I have no proof of that because he wouldn't come back so I could take a closer look.

Don't know if it was a fluke deal or if it will happen all the time. Guess I need to shoot more coyotes with them and form an opinion. Has anyone else tried this bullet on coyotes?? Experiences?
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:48 AM
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Re: .243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

Interesting. I have loaded some but not shot them. Occasionally I hunt on Fed land and don't need a ticket for lead shot. I loaded 42.5 grains Reloader 15.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:06 PM
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Re: .243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

Vmax is the best way to go IMO. Might have a bigger entry hole, but never had one exit and haven't had many go far. I would rather stitch a 1" hole then loose it completly.

I saw your other post and saw that you are using the vmax. I will have to do some research.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:13 PM
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Re: .243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:36 PM
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Re: .243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

What grain V-Max are you shooting and how fast are you pushing it? I agree with you, I would much rather stitch a few holes than lose a coyote. I'm just trying to find something that makes smaller holes.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:53 AM
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Re: .243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

I wonder how some Sierra HP would work. I would imagine pretty much the same as a vmax.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:22 PM
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Re: .243 cal 55 gr Nosler BT Lead Free

I'm doing this from memory but all my "hot loads" are .5gr from max from Hogdon load tables.

I used Varget and H414 with CCI200 primers

the Noslers were running 3825 - 3915 Varget I think the posted max FPS is right at 4000FPS. These punched holes the were nearly ontop of eachother. My spotter at one point said he couldn't tell were my hole was and I replied "check the shot before this"

Vmax 58GR slightly slower 3800 FPS My groups were all touching eachother but i'm still doing basic load work and tweaking rifle so I didn't write anything down other than the Rem700 loves light bullets.

I'm going to try Barnes Frangible Varmint grenades next. I use unripe Turnips to test expansion. once I decide the load isn't worth it we shoot over a "deer management field this time of year."
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